Arlington officials tonight announced a resident has tested positive for Covid-19 and that the town will close the Stratton Elementary School, because the resident's child, a student there, is showing cold-like symptoms that could be caused by the virus.
In a statement tonight, town officials said they are still awaiting results from a test on the student.
Town officials took into account, in deciding to close the Stratton School on Monday, that Arlington’s Board of Health believes that this is the first or one of the first COVID-19 tests on a symptomatic sitting student in a Massachusetts Public School whose parent tested positive for the illness.
“It is never an easy decision to close a school building. We are ever-mindful of childcare needs and family schedules, however we are faced with a challenging and uncertain situation,” Superintendent Bodie said. “Without test results in hand, and with a parent who has tested positive for COVID-19, the leadership team in Arlington unanimously feels that it is best to close the Stratton on Monday and re-evaluate during the day.
All other Arlington schools will open normally on Monday, and town health official are not recommending parents or students do anything further.
However, if families or children display symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, cough or shortness of breath, they should not come to work or school.
In Newton, officials decided to open a school attended by a student whose parent tested positive for the virus, but unlike in Arlington, the student remains symptom free.
State public-health officials reported today that all of the new Massachusetts Covid-19 cases announced today were among people who attended a Biogen employee meeting at the Marriott Long Wharf a little over a week ago.